Business Briefs (Jan. 26, 2009)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 12:00 am  

Gov. Mike Beebe has nominated Todd Turner of Arkadelphia as the next full-term chairman of the Democratic Party of Arkansas. Turner, a native of De Queen, is a lawyer who gained recognition for efforts on consumer issues. He has been active in the Democratic Party for more than 15 years. He would replace Bill Gwatney, who was murdered at the party headquarters last year.

The Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration has mailed out Arkansas sales and use tax forms for the first six months of 2009 to all quarterly and monthly filers. The forms were revised to simplify reporting requirements and to ensure that payments are processed promptly. The new form is the ET-1 Excise Tax Reporting form, which replaces the ET-400 form.

RxResults LLC is a new start-up coming out of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' BioVentures program. RxResults and UAMS formed a partnership that will expand the client base of Arkansas' evidence-based medicine program, designed to cut prescription drug costs while ensuring patients receive the most effective high-quality medicines available. The company was formed by Tery Baskin, CEO and president.

Jan. 31 is the deadline for groups to register for the Blue & You Fitness Challenge – a physical activity contest during which employees or members of organizations participate in eligible exercises (cardiovascular focused) for a three-month period: March 1-May 31. Individuals have until Feb. 28 to register as part of a group. The contest is sponsored by Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield and the Arkansas Department of Health. For more information, visit or call (800) 686-2609.

The University of Arkansas has named the School of Architecture in honor of the late architect Fay Jones. The naming of the school is made possible by a multimillion-dollar gift last year by Don and Ellen Edmondson of Forrest City, former clients of Jones. The Edmondsons have contributed nearly $12 million to the School of Architecture over the years.

The Cross County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Technology Center for the Delta in Wynne. Corporate tables are $200 and individual tickets are $30 each. Mark Sweeney, senior principal with McCallum Sweeney Consulting, is the keynote speaker. For more information call (870) 238-2601.

John Brown University at Siloam Springs has added a bachelor of arts in communication degree, beginning in the fall. The communication major will be theory-based to prepare students for the variety of fields they may choose to enter after graduation.

BusinessWeek, in its first-ever Best High Schools in America rankings, named Sheridan Freshman Academy at Sheridan as the Best Overall School in Arkansas. The academy was the first school in Arkansas to isolate its ninth-graders in a school devoted just to them. Caddo Hills High School at Norman was named the Best Low Income School and Nashville High School was recognized as Best Improved.

BNSF Railway Co. of Fort Worth, Texas, will begin replacing almost 30 track miles of rail and 15,000 railroad ties in its Thayer subdivision between Teed, Mo., and Memphis. The $12.8 million project includes track in northeast Arkansas.

TAC Air, a division of Truman Arnold Cos. of Texarkana, has officially begun services at Spirit of St. Louis Chesterfield, Mo. TAC Air bought the assets of Jet Direct, bringing the fixed-base operator chain's total locations to 13 and adding its first Missouri property. FBOs provide fuel to general aviation customers as well as other services.

Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker Feb. 17 at the 24th annual banquet of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce at Alltel Arena. Tickets are $55 a person or $550 for a table of 10.

The Supply Chain Management Research Center at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas is sponsoring a one-day conference for the supply chain/logistics industry on Feb. 24 called The Service vs. Cost Conundrum: Creating Supply Chain Value in a Tough Economic Environment. The conference is co-hosted by the Ozark Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Online registration is at or call (479)575-7334.                                      



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